A short look at this beautiful flower
GARDENINGFLORA AND FAUNA AND THE FOREST WORLD
When I was growing up I thought of orchids as something rare, special and highly beautiful. They came singly, mounted in cellophane boxes, and were given to rich people to wear on their lapels.
I grew up on Tyneside , and loved to gather wild flowers from the hedgerows, long before developers came to create new roads and housing. I would place them between sheets of newspaper(The Manchester Guardian of course or perhaps The Newcastle Evening Chronicle) and leave them under the carpet . Once pressed, they were mounted in albums of sugar paper and secured with stamp hinges. Buttercups and daisies, dead nettles, vetch, ragged robins and colt's foot filled my pages, and all were duly labelled. Little did I dream that in other parts of England and even in some parts of Northumberland , one could ever find orchids growing wild.
What is an orchid? Some facts...
The word orchid comes from the Greek for testicle, something that the root resembled. In Middle English some orchids were known as 'bollock worts'. Wort means plant
I confess that , as I am not a botanist, I find the full definition of an orchid to be exceedingly complex . But here are a few layman's facts that may interest you.